The New York Times
by Joe Nocera
October 21, 2013
On Thursday, NBC will air the sixth episode of its new comedy series, “The Michael J. Fox Show.” In it, Fox plays a popular television anchorman who returns to work after having retired years earlier because of his Parkinson’s disease. This, of course, closely tracks Fox’s own story. An extremely well-liked actor, he last starred in a television series in 2000, which is when the tremors, stiffness and involuntary body movements that are associated with Parkinson’s forced him to retire from “Spin City.”
On that same Thursday, The Michael J. Fox Foundation will hold its seventh annual PD Therapeutics Conference in New York City. Upward of 250 academics and industry representatives will share the latest research on Parkinson’s disease — much of which has been driven by the foundation. “Select Michael J. Fox Foundation investigators will present research on a variety of topics, including novel therapeutic targets, biomarkers for early detection and assessment of disease progression, and strategies to alleviate symptoms,” read a recent e-mail announcing the conference. Clearly, this is not your typical celebrity foundation.